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Comets Girls Harriers Finish Season At Northwest Regionals

A sometimes frustrating season ended on a positive note for the Comets girls cross country team with its best effort of the season at the Northwest Region Cross Country championships Thursday. Emily Conner led Halifax County runners with a time of 27:08, and the Comets finished 16th at the meet, with a score of 504.

Kimi Farmer ran a time of 27:11 and Laura Guthrie a time of 27:12 at the regional meet, while Ashley Burton, Jerri Mabe, Ashley Bowen and Cianne Townsend ran times of 28:26, 28:37, 28:49 and 28:58, respectively.

Osbourn Park won the meet with a low score of 47, and Patrick Henry was the highest-finishing Western Valley District team with a score of 167, good for seventh-place.

Katherine Walker of Brooke Point was Medalist for the girls meet with a time of 18:12.

Comets coach David Riddle noted that the Comets ran their finest race of the year, despite the difficult course and the tough competition.

“Overall, coach [Brady] Taylor and I were impressed with the effort of our ladies today,” said Riddle.

“For starters, this was by far the toughest competition that we had faced by far all season, and the largest race that any of them had ever been in besides Emily Conner, but they handled themselves well and gave us a solid effort.”

“This was the first time this season that the entire team has been under 30 minutes, and the Panorama Farms course is one of the most challenging courses we run on all season,” Riddle explained.

“Emily, Ashley Burton, Ashley Bowen, and Cianne Townsend will certainly be missed next season. For Kimi, Laura, and Jerri, they got their first taste of what a regional meet was like, so that should be used as a motivational tool to prepare them for where they need to be for next season.”

Riddle pointed out it has been an up and down season, but added that he and Taylor were optimistic about next year.

“We had some highs and lows for the season. Some of the goals that the team set for themselves were not fully met, but some of that can also be placed on the amount of injury and illness that we faced throughout the year,” Riddle commented.

“Coach Taylor and I have quite a few people returning for next season, so we should be able to build on the success that we had from this year.”